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Houthis launched drone attack on Saudi Aramco facility

Houthis launched drone attack on Saudi Aramco facility

Saudi Arabia and a coalition of mostly Gulf Arab states intervened in Yemen's civil war in 2015 to try and push back the Houthis after the movement drove the internationally recognised government into Saudi exile.

Malki said Saudi forces also intercepted two missiles in the southern Jizan and Najran provinces, close to the border with Yemen.

The coalition accuses the Houthis of being armed and supported by Iran - charges the group and Tehran deny.

One of the drones was targeting the Abha global airport in Asir province, which led to a temporary suspension of air traffic, and a second was approaching a "civilian object" in Jizan province, Colonel Turki al-Malki said in a statement published by the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

The Houthis' Al-Masirah TV channel did not say when the attack took place or give details of any damage.

Saleh al-Sammad, head of the rebels' supreme political council, in a speech earlier this week declared 2018 would be "the year of ballistics".

One of the drones was targeting the Abha global airport in Asir province, which led to a temporary suspension of air traffic.

"The rocketry forces of the Yemeni (Houthi) army and popular forces have already fired a barrage of long-range ballistic missiles, Burkan-H2, toward the headquarters of the Saudi Defense Ministry in the capital Riyadh", said the statement, which is posted on the Houthi-controlled state Saba news agency.

A second drone was identified while approaching a "civilian object" in Jizan province, he added.

Evidence documented by the Conflict Armament Research group, or auto, said the Qasef-1 drone appears to be Iranian-manufactured and has been supplied in batches to Houthi forces in Yemen.

According to the Houthis, the Abha airport has suspended flights following the drone air strike.

However, the Saudi company tweeted that its establishments were operating "normally and safely".

"Every time we are bombed, we will target a corresponding Saudi facility", Luqman said.


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